MOSC UK Ecumenical HIGHLIGHTS of 2015
The MOSC UK Ecumenical Relations Desk briefly highlights the major events in UK in this year 2015 with gratitude to God Almighty.
Hearty Congratulations to Ashwathy and Ancil!
This year began with the great news of two of our youth from St Thomas’ IOC, Hemel Hempstead successfully completing their class 12. Ancil Abin and Ashwathy Jacob are the first two Sunday School Students in OSSAE UK region to appear for class 12 common examination and get the prestigious Diploma which is centrally awarded by our Church – MOSC. A very hearty Congratulations to both of them for making OSSAE UK proud with their achievement. Ancil (right) and Ashwathy (left) in the picture above have made us very proud. Hope and pray they will contribute to the Ecumenical Life and witness of UK region as promising young members. We Congratulate them and wish them all the very best in their lives!
CTE Forum 2015: Churches Listening Together
Rev Fr Jacob Anish Varghese Achen represented the MOSC (IOC) and Mrs Elizabeth Joy, the National Ecumenical Officer for MOSC (IOC) attended the Forum meeting of Churches Together in England (CTE) from 28-30 September. Forum meeting brings together the maximum number of about 300 participants from the different national Member Churches, County ecumenical officers and Organisations working Ecumenically. Churches Listening Together, Forum 2015 was held at Swanwick, Derbyshire. There was a special session that brought the Orthodox and the Pentecostal Voices which was deeply appreciated by this Forum.
Gillian Crow is my Ecumenical Colleague, the National Ecumenical Officer of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) at CTE. The Forum provided a space for all delegates to understand our Ecuemnical Journey as Christians from different Denominations and to appreciate each other’s Faith journey. For a detailed information please follow the following link:
Bishop ANGAELOS Receives the OBE AWARD
On 19th October 2015, Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church UK received the OBE from Her Royal Majesty the Queen. It is indeed a proud moment for all of us as members belonging to the Oriental Orthodox Family. Bp Angaelos has been a part and parcel of our Church especially at special moments. We thank God for all his concern, care and spiritual guidance as he discharges his duties in his varied Global Ecumenical roles.
- Chair of the Council of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland (COOC) (from July 2012)
- Co-chair of the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox Regional Forum (AOORF)
- Co-founder and co-chair of the Catholic-Oriental Orthodox Regional Forum (COORF)
- Co-chair and co-founder of the Lausanne Orthodox Initiative (from Oct 12)
- Trustee of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI)
- Moderator of the Churches’ Inter-Religious Network (CIRN) for Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI)
- Scholar-Consultant on the Christian-Muslim Forum of England (CMF)
- Trustee of Aghapy TV UK
- Member of the Church of England General Synod from 2012
- Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for International Religious Freedom (APPG) from 2012
- A member of the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox International Theological Commission
- A member of the Coptic Delegation to the World Council of Churches (WCC)
- A member of a number of consultation groups and think-tanks that directly input into matters related to Christians of the Middle East, and the life of the Christian Church in the United Kingdom
- Christian Solidarity Worldwide
- Christians Aware
- Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- The Apostolic Order of St Hadrian of Canterbury
- The SAT 7 Trust
- British Egyptian Public Affairs Committee
- Embrace The Middle East from June 2012
- Awareness Foundation from October 2012
For more information about Bp Angaelos and his rich contributions to the Ecumenical Life and witness in UK and beyond, please follow the link below from where the above information is taken too:
Youth and Family Conference 2015
We were very proud to have Fr Peter Farrington as one of the leaders at the UK Family Conference 2015. Fr Dr Regi Mathew was the main Leader. It was a very enriching experience. Capturing his experience at this Family Conference, Father Peter Farrington says, “I was very pleased to have been invited to participate in the annual Indian Orthodox family conference, which took place this year at Yarnfield Park Conference Centre, near Stafford. I had been given permission to attend by H.E. Metropolitan Seraphim, and then by H.G. Bishop Angaelos, and this was a wonderful opportunity to meet old friends such as Father George Joy, of the Hemel Hempstead congregation, and to receive the blessing of H.E. Mor Thimothios, the bishop of the Indian Orthodox Church in the UK with responsibility for much of Europe and Africa as well.” For further details of his experience at our family conference, please see the following link:
All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s visit
The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, based in Istanbul, Turkey, is the Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome. and His All Holiness occupies the First Throne of the Orthodox Christian Church worldwide. HAH Bartholomew visited the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth palace on 2nd and 3rd November. On 3rd the Ecumenical Patriarch delivered a lecture on Environmental Issues. Mrs Elizabeth Joy attended this lecture.
Enabling Group Meeting of CTE 2015
Rev FR Ninan George attended the Enabling Group meeting of the Churches Together in England from 19-20 November 2015 at High Leigh Conference Centre. This is the highest decision making body of the CTE. Ninan Achen also attended the Annual gathering at the Lambeth Palace for a Dinner hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury on 3rd December 2015 to theEcumenical representatives from the Member Churches of CTE.
One Day Conference of the Churches Together in England on 1st December 2015
The new initiative of CTE called the Churches Combating Modern Slavery – Human Trafficking Organised the one day conference in London on the following Theme:
Changing Perspectives and Priorities: Affirming Life and Combating Modern Slavery-Human Trafficking
The young couple -Mrs Jesty Mathew and Mr Mathew Nebu from St Thomas’ IOC, Hemel Hempstead attended this conference with great enthusiasm and participated well. I hope they will take this concern seriously and work to address this issue to take it further into wider groups. I sincerely thank them for their invaluable support to this programme and their commitment.
Ms Tess Mary Thomas represented the Othodox Youth and attended the London Churches Social Action meeting on the 8th October at the Methodist Central Hall. The focuss of this meeting was on Human Trafficking. Thanks to Anish Achen for sending her. Her participation was deeply appreciated by the participants and the Organiser Rev Canon Steven Saxby. The notes of this meeting can be found in the following Link:
The joint International Commission For Theological Dialogue between The Catholic Church & The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church was held on 15 & 16 December 2015, at Mar Baselios Dyara, Njaliakuzhy, Kottayam. Our Diocesan Bishop HG Dr Mathews Mor Thimothios attended this important meeting. The delegates are seen with His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Paulose II.
Episcopal Silver Anniversary of HG Yuhanon Meletius on 23rd Dec 2015
We Congratulate our Beloved Thirumeni HG Yuhanon Meletius as he celebrated his Episcopal Silver Anniversary on 26th December 2015 at his Aramana Chapel and Diocesan Centre, Thrissur, Kerala. We Thank him for all his contributions to our Diocese right from its inception. We rejoice with him and thank God for all God’s richest blessings on him all through these 25 years as the Metropolitan of Thrissur Diocese as well as one of our senior Bishops to lead us and guide us. He has played a key role in the life of our Diocese along with few other Bishops who have contributed to the Growth of this Diocese especially the UK region. To see more on this please follow the links below:
Wishing you all a very HAPPY and Blessed NEW YEAR 2016!
31st Dec 2015